Eliza Garnsey is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Before going to Cambridge she worked for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (a national security think tank), as well as in the arts industry, managing and curating exhibitions. Most recently, Eliza was the Gallery Manager of the South African Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale. She holds a Masters of International Affairs from the Australian National University, a Master of Studies in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) from the University of New South
Eliza’s doctoral research focuses on the relationship between transitional justice and visual art. At the heart of the research lies an urge to comprehend how the past shapes the present and how the present shapes the past through visual art. The theoretical inquiry into the relationship between transitional justice and visual art is developed by an in-depth case study of ‘post-apartheid’ South African visual art across three analytical levels:
1. Transnational level: the exhibition, Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive, at the South African Pavilion, 55th International Art Biennale in Venice, Italy.!
2. National level: the art collection of the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.
3. Local level: an individual artist and body of artwork in South Africa.
The research is situated between the disciplines of international relations and art theory, and is approached through a critical-interpretive lens, grounded in meaning and reflexivity.